PELE’s family have given a positive health update but revealed the Brazilian football legend is in hospital with an infection made worse by Covid.
The 82-year-old, who won the world championship three times from 1958 to 1970, was hospitalized earlier this week after failing to respond to chemotherapy while battling colon cancer.
Reports had surfaced that Pele had been transferred to a hospital for palliative care at the end of life.
However, Pele’s family have said this is not true and the football icon is “in a normal bedroom” but battling an infection made worse by Covid.
And once he’s fully recovered, he’ll be leaving the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
Daughter Kely Nascimento said in an interview with TV Globo that aired Sunday night: “He’s ill, he’s old.
“But at the moment he is there for the pneumonia. And as soon as he’s better, he’ll go home again.
“He’s not saying goodbye in a hospital at the moment.”
Pele’s other daughter, Flavia, added: “It’s very unfair for people to say he’s in palliative care at the end of his life. folks, that’s not true. believe us
“He’s not in intensive care, he’s in a normal bedroom. He is not at risk, he is under treatment.”
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Pele was moved by the tributes from around the footballing world, but his grandson Arthur says his time has not yet come and he will watch Brazil win a sixth World Cup.
Arthur said: “I see people telling me ‘rest in peace’ (to Pele). One day it will happen, but it’s not today.
“He’ll be fine, it’s a matter of time. He’ll see Brazil claim their sixth title.”
Brazil are one of the favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar and start their knockout rounds on Monday.
They meet South Korea, who conceded a surprise win over Portugal in their last group game.
Superstar Neymar is expected to play after overcoming an ankle injury that has ruled him out of Brazil’s last two group games.
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